Ari Brown is a composer, arranger and educator whose principle instrument is the saxophone. He performs at Urban Gateways and Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He has performed with many music greats including: Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvin Jones, Andrew White, Della Reese, Billy Eckstein. Mr. Brown has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Chicago premier of the Anthony Davis opera, "Malcom X". He has also performed a clarinet solo on the score in Universal Studio's motion picture, The Babe . He has toured all over the world including Japan, Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore. He received his BA of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music, and has made numerous recordings.
Ari Brown graduated from Vandercook School of Music in Chicago with a Bachelor of Music Ed. degree in 1968. Since then, he's performed with various jazz bands in major venues in Chicago, the USA, Africa, Asia, Europe, and other exciting places around the world. His unique talents have also landed him appearances in several films, including "The Babe" starring John Goodman and "The Visitors" starring Christina Applegate.
"Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown, a Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. After growing up on the city's South Side and graduating from high school in the early '60s, Brown attended Chicago's Wilson College, where he met Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and others who would later become members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).
Brown played piano in mostly soul and blues bands until 1965, when he took up the sax and starting becoming seriously interested in jazz. In 1971, he joined AACM and made jazz his primary focus. Brown played sax on a few albums by a little-known group called the Awakening (who included bassist Rufus Reid), but after losing some teeth in a 1974 auto accident, he gave up playing the sax for about a year and played the piano exclusively. Brown made a full recovery, made the sax his main instrument once again and went on to work with players ranging from McCoy Tyner and Don Patterson to Sonny Stitt in the 1970s.
The Chicagoan also kept busy during the 1980s, recording with Lester Bowie before being hired by Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton (who hired him for his Charlie Parker Project). It was in 1989 that Brown began his lucrative membership in Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio. But as long a resumé as Brown had as a sideman, he didn't record as a leader until 1995, when he provided the diverse Ultimate Frontier for Delmark." ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
Ari's first solo album, "Ultimate Frontier" was followed up in 1998 by the powerful and inventive album entitled "Venus". Throughout Ari's career, he has been featured on over 30 albums, including "All The Magic" by Lester Brown, "Renaissance Of The Resistance by "Ritual Trio", and "Africa N'da Blues" by Ritual Trio Featuring Pharoah Sanders).